Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
This week there are so many toe-tapping, heart-warming Christmas shows coming out that we decided it would be easier to highlight those new arrivals that don’t pertain to the holidays. We have a whole month to get into the spirit of the season, but for this week, we’re taking a look at those that buck the trend! Check out the budget-friendly picks for this week under the cut:
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The Big Band Tap Revue, now on stage in Toronto, has great music, great dance, great fun
As we left the Brigantine Room at Harbourfront Centre after seeing The Big Band Tap Revue, my guest for the evening exclaimed, “Well, that was just pure fun from beginning to end!” And she was bang on.
The Big Band Tap Revue is actually less straightforward than it sounds, though. My favourite pieces were the ones that branched away from what I was expecting based on the idea of a ‘big band tap revue.’
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The Storefront Theatre’s The Castle, playing now in Toronto, has great acting but a poor script
Howard Barker’s script for The Castle is notoriously extreme, and has been described as actively hostile to its audience: not only opaque and twisted, but calculated to unnerve, upset, distress and bother. When he heard I was seeing it, a friend of mine (who had worked on it in university) even warned me off: “The Castle is a protracted excuse for men to say the word cunt a lot of times with impunity.”
The good news is that The Storefront is, as always, a singularly good acting company, here supplemented with a dazzling array of local stars. A cast of this caliber can work miracles, and often they do — but the script is such heavy lifting that by the end I was regretting not ducking out at intermission.
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The Road to Paradise, now on stage in Toronto, offers “admirably balanced empathy”
The Road to Paradise (presented by Crow’s Theatre and Human Cargo), currently playing at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, is a harrowing look at the traumatic experiences of those involved with the controversial Canadian military operations in Pakistan and Kandahar. Easily one of the best productions I’ve seen all year, The Road to Paradise smartly refuses to provide any easy answers.
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Theatre by Committee presents Lion in the Streets on stage in Toronto
Lion in the Streets, the surreal story of a murdered 9-year-old and the community where she lost her life, opened last weekend at the Glad Day Bookshop. Put on by the seven-member collective Theatre By Committee, the show has moments of extremely compelling drama but due to the bizarre nature of the script these often give way to moments of confusion for the audience.
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Five Shows Under $25 in Toronto this Week
This week we have a little bit of everything: comedy, drama, classic, contemporary. From hapless understudies to tarot readings to the devil himself, there’s a truly eclectic mix of wallet-friendly shows to cut your teeth on this week. Check ’em out under the cut: Continue reading Cheap Theatre in Toronto the Week of November 23rd
Armstrong’s War avoids the typical clichés, now playing on the Toronto stage
When I first heard the premise of Armstrong’s War (Canadian Rep Theatre) — a 12 year old, paraplegic Pathfinder scout attempts to earn a badge by reading to a 21-year-old Afghanistan War veteran in a rehab hospital — I feared it would be Lifetime Original Movie-style saccharine, ending with hugs and tears and life lessons learned.
I shouldn’t have worried. The play comes with some serious pedigree (playwright Colleen Murphy is a Governor General’s award winner, and it’s directed by Ken Gass), and though it does feature some tears and maybe even a lesson, it’s more unflinching than saccharine, and leaves us with questions rather than comforts.
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Sex Tape Project, a series of three plays in Toronto, explores intimacy and voyeurism
Voyeurism: I dig it. My favourite Hitchcock film is Rear Window. It’s no stretch to imagine myself getting in trouble for seeing something I shouldn’t have through a pair of binoculars. fu-GEN Theatre’s Sex Tape Project appeals to that part of me that yearns to see private lives unfold behind distant windows. Continue reading Review: Sex Tape Project (fu-GEN Theatre)